Contributed by dwc on from the reality-programming dept.
Jem Matzan writes about licensing issues in Once Again, Reality Trumps Idealism:
So on the one hand we have the FSF trying to change reality through restrictive software licenses; and on the other we have the BSD license, which deals with the mercurial nature of reality just as it is. One assumes that freedom needs to be defined in order to be valid, and protected through multiple convoluted restrictions; the other assumes that freedom finds its own personal definitions for all of us, and only requires that you not remove the author's copyright notice or the license statement from the code. If there were a Taoist here, he might say that software licenses, like human beings, enter this world warm and soft, and leave it cold and hard.
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